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Global Framework Agreements

A global framework agreement can be an effective tool to advance the implementation of the Global Compact labour principles and improve industrial relations. Also referred to as an international framework agreement, it is "an instrument negotiated between a multinational enterprise and a Global Union Federation (GUF) in order to establish an ongoing relationship between the parties and ensure that the company respects the same standards in all the countries where it operates" (ILO Press Release, 2007).

These agreements benefit both companies and employees by providing a common platform for addressing the Global Compact labour principles at the company level and within the context of national and international law. In addition, many agreements incorporate principles from other international conventions.

Because the framework agreements cover the same ILO conventions on which the labour principles are based, companies and employees do not have to negotiate new labour standards. Rather, the agreements emphasize the parties’ commitment to respect and promote existing standards.

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The following Global Compact participants have signed an agreement with a Global Union Federation:

Name Sector Global Union Federation
AB Electrolux Household Goods & Home Construction IndustriALL
Accor Travel & Leisure IUF
Aktiebolaget SKF General Industrials IndustriALL
ArcelorMittal Industrial Metals & Mining IndustriALL
BMW AG Automobiles & Parts IndustriALL
BSH Bosch und Siemens... Household Goods & Home Construction IndustriALL
Carrefour General Retailers UNI
Danone Beverages IUF
Danske Bank Group Financial Services UNI
EADS NV Aerospace & Defense IndustriALL
EDF Gas, Water & Multiutilities IndustriALL / PSI
Enel Gas, Water & Multiutilities IndustriALL / PSI
ENI Oil & Gas Producers IndustriALL
Faber-Castell General Retailers BWI
Ford Motor Company Automobiles & Parts IndustriALL
France Telecom Fixed Line Telecommunications UNI
G4S plc Support Services UNI
GDF Suez Gas, Water & Multi-utilities BWI / IndustriALL / PSI
Grupo OHL Gas, Water & Multi-utilities BWI
H & M Personal Goods UNI
IKEA Group General Retailers BWI
ISS A/S Support Services UNI
Lafarge Construction & Materials BWI / IndustriALL
Lukoil Oil & Gas Producers IndustriALL
MAN SE Industrial Engineering IndustriALL
Norsk Hydro ASA Industrial Metals & Mining IndustriALL
Norske Skogindustrier Forestry & Paper IndustriALL
OTE S.A. - Hellenic... Fixed Line Telecommunications UNI
Petrobras SA Oil & Gas Producers IndustriALL
Portugal Telecom Fixed Line Telecommunications UNI
PSA Peugeot Citroen Automobiles & Parts IndustriALL
Renault SAS Automobiles & Parts IndustriALL
Saab AB Aerospace & Defense IndustriALL
Sodexo Travel & Leisure IUF
Skanska AB Construction & Materials BWI
Statoil Oil & Gas Producers IndustriALL
Svenska Cellulosa... Household Goods & Home Construction IndustriALL
Telefónica S.A. Fixed Line Telecommunications UNI
Telenor Mobile Telecommunications UNI
Volkswagen AG Automobiles & Parts IndustriALL

Global Compact participants who have signed a Global Framework Agreement may inform Venu Keesari.